My not so secret obsession 

People may have noticed I travel a lot. ..comments on social media may give you a clue,  “Where are you now?”

Yes, my not so secret obsession is travel. .anywhere. ..everywhere.  I want to see EVERYTHING.  The big,  the small,  the ugly, the wonderful 

I feel it’s my duty by being part of this wonderful planet to experience and see life everywhere on it.

I read travel books, my favourite are Paul Theroux and Bill Bryson, I watch travel programme( my saved BBC programme is the travel show),  I email myself lists of places to go to, the most used apps on my phone are booking. com and trip advisor,   I make list of places to visit on a monthly basis !

Yes, confession time.  .. .. my secret obsession is….. cricket. .

No only joking its travelling 



Yesterday was the hottest June day for 40 years and social media has been alive with people moaning about how hot the recent weather has been. 

The weather has taken me back to the heat wave of 1976, I was a little girl then living in Watford.  

Hot humid day after day, I remember it looked like the earth was cracking up with deep lines.  Ladybirds seemed in abundance, covering people wearing yellow or bright coloured clothes. 

I wonder if we will ever get a summer like that again in the UK? 

One of those days 

I had one of those days yesterday, many things went wrong, some things my fault and some not.  One of the things that went wrong was when getting something from my car I must have knocked the lights on. Yup,  hours later my battery was dead…I was stuck in Wolverhampton. 

I still carried on with the day as I had things to do,  eventually about 9.45 pm I had to sort the problem out,  a small bunch of homeless people were on the edge of the car park. One man foolishly said, “hello ” I grabbed him smiled and to his horror asked him to help me jump start my car, his friend was more keen and egged them both on, despite the fact that the second man seemed so  drunk  he couldn’t stand up straight . 

So it started,  the three of us,  trying to push my car around the car park trying to jump start my car, none of us knew how though. ..I thought you just push the car and then turn it on. turns out that isn’t how it’s done.  The homeless men were becoming tired after 20 mins of this. .but a random stranger on his way to catch a bus saw this strange carry on and came to our rescue. 

“You need to put the car in second gear” , he declared in an amused fashion.   So with the three of them now pushing. .. and the car in second gear, it started straight away.  After thanking everyone and giving the homeless men a few quid I left smiling a how lovely people are 

Driving Test 

I just passed a learner drivers stalling at a roundabout. ..I sympathise. 

Nearly 30 years ago I passed my test and despite all my qualifications and challenges I have had in my life, it was one of the most difficult I have ever had to do.

My first test set the scene for my nerves regarding driving tests. Back then, my family expected me to pass everything with flying colours, so at the end of my first test when I arrived home, flowers and champagne was ready for me…”I failed! ” I announced shamefully. 

I never ever wanted to drive again!

 A few years later as a sales rep travelling around on public transport, my manager declared I would have to learn  to drive to optimise my abilities. .he booked me on a week crash course in driving.

The test arrived too quickly, I became nervous and I am rarely nervous. “We are now going to do a reverse around the corner “my instructor announced.  “Stop”, he then said. Even more surprising was his next demands. ..1)open the window,2) take of my jacket and 3)undo the top buttons of my blouse!

“I thought you were going to pass out ” He kindly explained,  he spoke to me, to reduce my nerves  for the rest of the test and most importantly passed my driving test.  What a nice man.


Looking back on my memories via Facebook, I have just been reminded how much I love Lichfield  

It is a perfect small city in the Midlands, crammed with history and personality. 

On a warm summers day, sitting in a lovely tea room garden opposite the Cathedral is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, and also the free proms in Beacon park, early September is always on my must do list.  

Wow, such Talent 

Well, it was my spoken word and music event at the quirky little bohemian cafe in Balsall Heath last night and it was a night bursting with talent. 

It’s not just spoken word and music  (maybe I should rename it) there are comedians , a magician and often more. 

I remember way back when variety programmes began to receive high ratings , programmes like, “The good old days.” Yes, I am that old!  We still love variety acts today, I believe ,”Britain’s got talent” is still on . 

What lots of people may not know is there are many venues in Birmingham where talent is overflowing, last night was just one of them

River Festival 

May is full of birthday, two of my children and a few good friend, so we often take a short holiday at this time of year. This happened last year, we travelled to one of our favourite guest houses in Ross on Wye. 

It happened to be when a very quirky river festival was on,  so being typical tourists we checked it out. Oh yes and it was quirky to say the least.  . A taster of the event.  …

A few people were gathered together, Inc me to take part in a pretend train journey. .we became the train.  We were led by a man with a fish head, my partner became the conductor. We were given note pads and pens to sketch along the way.  During out journey we came across many things Inc a choir singing randomly in a field and I was put to bed in a river bed  (bed by river ) 

I love the UKs wonderful eccentric festivals